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north at the occoquan. headlights coming toward us is 95 north traffic. you are making good speed. >> danella, thank you. now to the extreme heat, sweltering temperatures across most of the country. it is moving from the nation's midsection to our area. as many as 13 people died from the heat the past week. 42 states have hit the 90 degree mark, and it's not over. some people are taking extreme measures to cool off in omaha. the owner of this park pool ordered two tons of ice. the pool water had reached 90 degrees. the heat advisories and warnings are in effect in 18 states from texas to michigan. pro athletes are not immune to the heat. phillies roy halladay left the diamond at wrigley field in the fifth inning because of the heat. the game time temperature was 91 degrees. the cubs won 6-1. pepco is urging customers to conserve energy during the heat of the day.
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they expect high demand for energy during the extreme temperatures. pepco suggesting you set your thermostat to 78 degrees. close window shades if you have them. wait until evening to do laundry and run that dishwasher. limit opening and closing your refrigerator and other electric appliances. >> all good advice, especially we know those air conditioners are going to be taxed today. >> exactly. >> we aukd outside at 3:00 in the morning, and it's that hot already. >> 80 degrees already. here's how you know it's hot outside, standing still, you sweat. that's when it's hot outside. just standing still and not doing anything. that's what i was doing yesterday, trying to water the flowers. 80 degrees early this morning. 4:30, 80 degrees. we might drop a degree or two but right back up. temperatures are going to be rising very quickly again today. look at that humidity. at 71% currently. we do have a few clouds across the area. notice pittsburgh. that is a big cluster of storms,
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most of which is going to die on its approach down to the southeast. you can see quite a bit of lightning around pittsburgh. but for us today we could have scattered storms around the area. those storms could be strong. quite strong bringing heavy winds and rain to the area. in mari bladensburg, 78 degrees. 79 degrees in montgomery county, olney. here's a look at your day planner forecast. 86 degrees at 9:00 a.m. in the morning. already close to 90. we're going to get past that 90 degree mark, probably topping out around 94 to 95 degrees. noontime we'll start climbing, 92. there's your chance of storms and 93 by 5:00. eun? >> veronica, thank you.
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we have separation, houston. >> houston copy. >> undocking confirmed. >> while you slept, the shuttle "atlantis" undocked from the international space station for the final time. that was astronauts in space talking to mission control in houston. the half hour undocking process started at exactly 2:28 a.m., ending a 30-year shuttle program. "atlantis" is the last nasa shuttle to visit the iss. astronauts left behind a year's worth of supplies with the iss crew remaining in space. they also left a u.s. flag that flew on the first shuttle mission in 1981. "atlantis" is scheduled to land thursday at 5:56 in the morning. and this morning guardian angels are patrolling the metropolitan branch trail after bikers and joggers were robbed. the eight-mile trail stretches from union station to silver spring. on monday, a man was robbed at gunpoint while riding his bike on the trail. there have been six similar
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incidents in the past couple of months. court officials are revamping security after a murder suspect managed to trick security officers and walk right out of d.c. superior court. officials will now see a mugshot of each defendant before entering the courtroom. last week james brewer swapped i.d. bracelets with another inmate who was locked up on a misdemeanor charge. brewer turned himself in saturday afternoon. he's accused of shooting a man in southeast last month. brewer is being held without bond. in the day ahead, rupert murdoch will testify before british lawmakers about what he knew in the newspaper phone hacking scandal involving one of his newspapers. journalists at his now defunct tabloid "news of the world" are accused of hacking up to 4,000 phones of crime victims, celebrities, and british lawmakers. the ceo of news corp, his son, and a former top executive are expected to testify in parliament. it has some questioning prime minister david cameron's
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judgment. he is defending his decision to hire former "news of the world editor" andy colson as his communications secretary. >> as far as andy colson no one has argued the work he did in government was inappropriate or bad. he worked well in government. he then left government. >> meanwhile, the man who first blew the whistle on "news of the world" was found dead. his death is not considered suspicious. today the house will boast on cup cap and balance. it will require a balanced budget amendment. president obama warned he would veto the legislation if it made it to his desk. republicans are vowing to take the vote anyway, saying if it is voted down in the senate or vetoed, it will lead to more compromise. the best economic minds say playing with a last-minute deal
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is playing with fire. >> why stick a gun in the chamber and say there's only one bullet in six chambers, so i'll spin it, and it probably won't happen. we're totally taking a big risk and sending the message to the world we can't think ahead in this country. >> that sentiment isn't lost on the american public. a new "usa today"/gallup poll think that the president and congress are doing a worse job than their predecessors in dealing with the nation's proobs. 40% say it's the worst they've seen in their lifetime. and 75% say that congress is putting their own political interests first. what do the american people want? 75% say they want compromise, even if it means accepting provisions both sides don't like. this morning d.c. mayor vincent gray's office is facing accusations it accepted cash donations above the limit and people who say they didn't contribute to his campaign at
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all. they found several cash donation that's exceeded the city's $25 limit. and gray campaign manager ex that cash for money orders which have a higher donation limit. the campaign officially reported 233 money order donations, . "u.s. news and world report" has released its annual ranking of some of america's best hospitals, and some of the top medical centers right here in our region. johns hopkins in baltimore took the top spot in national rankings again this year. the washington hospital center gets top honors in d.c. for having four specialties that are nationally recognized. right behind the national center is georgetown university at number two. nova fairfax hospital ranked number three. the national rehab hospital came in at number four. and holy cross hospital in silver spring rounded out the top five. >> it's good to know we have good care in our area. >> absolutely.
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it's a comfort. it is now 4:37. 79 degrees. ahead the local toll road that one politician says costs too much. >> also, the temperature really takes
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welcome back at 4:40. check out this giant cloud of
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dust that rolled over phoenix. it is the second dust storm or haboob, as they're called, in two weeks. the dust towered 3,000 feet high, and winds gusted up to 40 miles per hour, and many drivers just pulled over until visibility improved, and that could have taken a while. weather experts say haboobs only happen in arizona, the sahara desert, and parts of the middle east. >> that is quite a sight. >> that is quite a sight. i just like what they're called, haboobs. i hadn't heard it until these dust storms settled in arizona. >> that's what somebody called it. well, we're calling it hot, hot, hot on the east coast in terms of weather. veronica, how hot is it going to get today? about where we were yesterday. about a degree or two higher, but higher humidity, which means it's going to feel more oppressive across the area today with the heat index approaching 100 degrees this afternoon. 80 degrees is the current temperature.
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already we're some four or five degrees higher than what we were yesterday at the same timt. southwest wind. 76 over in prince george's county in bowie, maryland. adams more gone at 80 degrees. folks in springfield at 77. laytonsville, maryland, as well as at rockville at 76 degrees. that's just up to the north of the area. we'll hit a high today, folks, of 94. danella, we could have strong thunderstorms too between noon and 7:00 p.m. >> oh, no, that could definitely affect your commute this morning. right now it's affecting our commute. if you're in silver spring, maryland, route 129 is shut down in both directions between cyber creek parkway and franklin. if you want to access colesville road, i would take georgia avenue and reaccess colesville
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road. if you're trying to exit the beltway, take the georgia avenue exit instead. d.c., your local roadways with looking good. this is second and eighth street. no accidents to report so far. 395 north of duke, it's a smooth ride as you make your way over the 14th street bridge. back to you, eun and pat. >> danella, thank you. our time is 4:43. still to come, how a horse ended up in a jam, stuck in one family's
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only through july 24th, only at the sleep number store, where queen mattresses start at just $699. a 17-year-old boy is in a south florida juvenile detention center today accused of killing his parents with a hammer and
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then throwing a party. tyler hadley is accused of two counts of first degree murder. the teen posted a facebook party that afternoon. then 60 teens showed up at the house prompting a noise complaint. police discovered the bodies the next day after getting a tip. hadley's mother was an elementally school teacher. his father worked for a florida utility company. a spree of terror comes to an end. jason scott was convicted of several crimes and will spend the rest of his life in jail. the u.s. attorney's office linked scott with more than 50 burglaries, 9 home innovations, armed carjacking, and even the production of child pornography. he awaits trial on the murder of a mother and daughter in prince george's county. news 4's melissa mollet spoke with her family. >> reporter: this is the happiest day rosa smith had in two years. >> i think it's delicious. >> reporter: in march of 2009, her daughter and granddaughter were murdered. jason scott charged with killing
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delores and ebony dewitt, burning their bodies and leaving them in the trunk of a car, found guilty in court on monday on burglary, home invasion and carjacking. he's sentenced to court for 50 years. though the murder trial won't start until fall for dewitt, knowing he's in jail for life is happy enough. ebony's cousin celebrated with a round of e-mails and texts. >> call some friends and your friends. >> reporter: they showed jurors this map with all the areas where scott admitted to more than 50 burglaries and 9 home innovations. they say he became increasingly violent, selecting his victims online and meeting people from the u.p.s. facility where he worked. >> he seems to be the most dangerous. >> reporter: they called him a seasoned criminal where he would
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cut victims' phone lines, use a scanner to monitor police, and thoroughly clean crime scenes. james lived in upper marlboro for more than 30 years. he says scott broke into several houses here, terrorizing this neighborhood. though he hasn't been charged, investigators think scott may be linked to three other murders, including the january 2009 killing of another mother and daughter pair, karen and carissa lofton. relieved scott will spend the rest of his life in jail no matter of outcome of any other trials. >> and even though he can't bring our kids back, but at least we know justice has been served. >> reporter: melissa mollet, news 4. there is a new player in the legal battle between a local newspaper and dan snyder. the aclu. it is now filing a brief with the court arguing that snyder must quickly prove his case against the washington city paper. snyder says the paper defamed him in an article published last november and is seeking $1
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million in damages. the aclu is not a party in the case, but a new d.c. law allows third parties to ask that a lawsuit they deem frivolous be thrown out. a snyder spokesman isn't commenting about the filing. signs are strong the nfl could be ready for the season by thursday. lawyers for both owners and players will meet today after eight hours of negotiations yesterday. and players are already making their way to the district in the hopes they may be able to vote on a new agreement by tomorrow. both sides are working on a tentative deal in place by thursday, when all 32 league owners are set to meet in atlanta. there is also significant progress in the rehabilitation of steven strassberg. the nats pitching phenom who turns 23 tomorrow threw a simulation game yesterday in florida. it seems like he's getting his speed back. manager davy johnson said his
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fastball hit 95 miles per hour during the game. strasburg is still recovering from tommy john surgery last fall. nats officials are saying they hope strasburg will be able to pitch in a major league game in september. the dulles metro rail project is expected to clear a major hurdle. phase two of the silver line from reston to ashburn is at issue. officials will vote on a compromise to build an above ground station instead of an underground one. u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood suggested an above ground construction could save $1 billion. and it will be finished sooner with less risk and save $300 million in contributions. the metropolitan washington airport authority, which is overseeing the rail line, is expected to vote on the same compromise tomorrow. montgomery county could get more than $100 million to deal with the impact of the base realignment and closure plan.
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the county wants to make changes to four intersections near the sight of the walter reed medical center. it's part of the brac program. they're making millions of dollars available to communities impacted by brac. a family in california woke up to find an inusual house guest. their horse summer fell through a window well and into the basement. she weighs over 1,000 pounds. authorities thought the safest way to get her back outside was take her out the same way she came in. crews used excavating equipment to dig an exit through the cement wall of the house. the horse was sedated and moved safely. they say summer is fine. >> wow, can you imagine? horse just comes falling through the ceiling. >> it could have been much worse. thank goodness. horse is fine. nobody else was down there. >> that's amazing. >> veronica, we're going to have another day today like we had
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yesterday. >> correct. hot, humid, hazy. >> another day to get ready for the triple digit readings, but that doesn't mean we're not going to hit the triple digits. >> it's going to feel that way for the next several days. and this heat wave really is impressive because so much of the country seeing extreme heat. so much of the country seeing very high humidity. that's what makes it so bad. some of that real extreme heat. that's what's going to be headed this way towards the end of the day friday and saturday. let's see what's going on right now. we've got 80 degrees. we do have a few clouds out here this morning. 70 degrees, the current dewpoint temperature. that's where it was yesterday at the same time. the actual air temperature is running a few degrees higher than where we were yesterday at the same time. look at that. that, folks, is a whole lot of rain around pittsburgh and a lot of lightning there.
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and it's all making its way to the southeast. a lot of this is dying out. for areas across western maryland a chance for thunderstorms and heavy rain and high wind coming up in the next two hours or so. for our area, the best chance to see storms around here will be around the noon hour. there is a look at the lightning just off to the west. all that making its way to the southeast. between noon and 5:00 p.m. today, i think the best chance to see thunderstorms around here. you can see that line coming in 2:00, winchester, front royal. even some storms around north by 2:00 today in frederick, maryland. possibility of hail too. as we get into the evening, we lose the heating of the day. less likely we're going to see any thunderstorms around the area. high temperatures today, 91 to 95 degrees throughout the area. your forecast then, partly sunny, hot and humid, with scattered storms during the afternoon. early afternoon this time too from 90 to 95. temperatures this evening coming on down from 90 to 85 degrees.
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again, some of those storms today could be severe. we'll hit a high temperature of 94 today. then friday, saturday, and maybe even sunday as we head past 100. a crash in montgomery county at silver spring affecting your commute. if you're traveling on colesville road, your road is going to be shut down between saigo creek parkway and indian spring road. i would suggest you take georgia avenue as your alternate road. this is going to be shut down the next three to four hours. checking the beltway in maryland, i'm checking it for you so far. no delays or accidents affecting your commute. as well as in virginia, the beltway in virginia is good in both directions as well as i-66 inside and outside of the beltway in virginia, i have no incidents to report for you either. eun, back to you. >> danella, thank you.
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it is now 4:54. a virginia law maker has joined the fight to lower tolls on the dulles greenway. every driver pays $4.50 no matter how far you ride. they now want individuals who drive less on the dulles greenway to pay less. it connects dulles international airport with leesburg and loudoun county. a task force has been set up to study those tolls. coming up, the cause that brings michael
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a new bus boys and poets is now open for business in maryland. the restaurant and performance venue debuted its newest location in hyattsville. the restaurant's name busboys and poets refers to american poet langston hughes. he worked as a bus boy in the 1920s. it's located off baltimore avenue. it sits in the arts district, which is a mixed use site that includes other retailers and more than 400 homes. borders is closing its doors. the company filed for bankruptcy
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back in february. the bookstore has put 399 stores up for sale, but never received an offer. 25 of those stores are here in the washington area. customers say they depended on the local sites as their source for entertainment. >> to me is says i can always wander in and pick something out. when you shop online, you don't always know what you want. if you don't know what you want, it's hard to find. >> the closures mean some 7,000 workers are losing their jobs. local stores will begin closing as early as this friday. today philadelphia eagles quarterback michael vick will be on capitol hill to endorse a bill to crack down on dogfighting. he'll testify before the house judiciary subcommittee later this morning with the humane society. the proposed bill would penalize criminals who finance and bring children to dogfights ac and co fights. vick was convicted of

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